The rugby Test match has come a long way since my days in the Schoolboys Enclosure at Murrayfield.
When programmes were 20p… they’re now about €15 although I’m grateful to the Irish Travel Agents Association for paying for me.
Both that and the ticket for the Ireland v Scotland match at the Aviva and the lunch before.
And the earpiece that hooks up to the referee and the action on the pitch.
As football tears itself apart over video assistant referees it seems that rugby has had the answer all along.
This magic earpiece, which you can buy at the ground, lets you into the decision-making on the pitch.
Both the referee and the captains’ response.
That the players eff and blind a bit so be it… we’re all grown-ups.
That the crowd can hear the decision quickly and with clarity keeps us all informed.
And surely that is all we ask for.
Of course it can’t stop Scottish captains dropping the ball on the try line.
So here is my answer… let the spectator talk to the players on the pitch via a mouthpiece.
So where are we on a Travel blog with this? Edinburgh that is… where I now live again.
It’s the great thing about life and Travel…
Last week here I was at the Aviva this week I’m watching the Scotland v England game in Edinburgh.
Now I know the Scary One will get me back for that!
It struck me though, and my brother reminded me of it, that my adult life has spanned Britain and Ireland.
If only I’d progressed from being captain of the C team at school.